Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

Be My Valentine And Let’s Play With Pretty Makeup

I love pretty pink makeup. There is a shade of pink for everyone, from deep fuchsia to soft baby powder pink. There is blue pink, and coral pink. Pink is a flattering shade, as it mimics a healthy flush in the cheeks. It can be a sexy shade as well, with lips all pink and flushed from kissing. So of course, it is perfect for Valentine’s Day. To be clear, I am not talking about a “date night” Valentine look. I’m just talking about an excuse to pick through our makeup collection to look for the extra pink and red beauties. Because, sisters (and brothers) in the end, it is all about the beauty opportunities, and, having fun!

Here are some pretty pinks in my collection that I am loving:

Of course, there is Chanel! Part of Chanel’s Spring 2015 Collection nail polish trio was a deep berry shade, Desirio. It’s a funny shade. I thought it might be close to Suspicious, but it’s more purple. Then I saw the shimmer in the bottle and thought it might be close to Tentation, but again, more berry, and the shimmer doesn’t show on the finger without a microscope. I don’t have a dupe…therefore, I had to have it! There are many Chanel polishes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, but I think the name “Desirio” sounds like “desire”, so that works, right?

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio - a little deeper in real life....

Chanel Le Vernis Desirio – a little deeper in real life….

 

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though...

Look at that gorgeous shimmer! Kinda wish I could see it on the nail, though…

Lise Watier is killing it with their Baiser Velours lip gloss/matte lipstick hybrids. Firstly, Baiser Velours means “Velvet Kiss”, which sounds pretty lovely, doesn’t it? All the colours are so rich and gorgeous! From the website: “Enjoy the coverage and intensity of a lipstick with the gestural convenience of a gloss applicator for the smooth, matte finish you’ve been wanting. The creamy formula is light yet richly pigmented. The lasting coverage will resist everything, even your longest days.” Listen – even the lipstick challenged moi managed to put this on and love it! I used my Cargo Reverse Lip Liner, as I was worried about the Miranda Sings effect, so that combined with the wand application resulted in fairly fool-proof application! It feels amazing on the lips, stays put, and has a satin matte finish vs a dry matte finish. Love it!

Lise Watier Baiser Velours dalybeauty

Lise Watier Baiser Velours dalybeauty

Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

Lise Watier Baiser Velours in Party Kiss!

My new lip balm obsession is actually a lip oil obsession. Ever since using the gorgeous Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil, I’ve been hooked on the concept of oil based lip conditioners. Completely non-sticky, they absorb into the lip and leave them soft and moisturized. Clarins and YSL have released lip oils this season, and you need them. They not only feel amazing, but they taste yummy and prepare your lips for kissing! I waffled about which of these to get, then decided I needed both (Ommorphia knew I would!) and I’m glad I did. I get a wee bit more colour pay off from the YSL ( a mild stain effect, maybe?), but they both give me a pretty and plumped kisser! No swatches yet, but a full review is to come.

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil and Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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Can we talk about essence cosmetics? Seriously! I have seen them at the drugstore, and always thought they looked cute. Then, I saw this collection, “like an unforgettable kiss”, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and had to have it! How precious are these ice cream colours? The powder blush duos are very sheer and buildable, and not scented. I have been swirling both together for the perfect pink-coral combination.  The best part? Not one of the cosmetic items costs over $5.

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And how darling is this blush brush?

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What is your favourite Valentine’s Daly beauty look?

 

 

  * featured photo from @occhinerixo on Instagram. Her pics are always awesome.

Chanel Le Vernis Tenderly & Dreams Of Spring

Chanel Le Vernis Tenderly & Dreams Of Spring

Oh Chanel. Their Spring 2015 makeup has a nail polish trio that sang to me. It sang “BUY MEEEEE”! With the  gorgeous plum pink fuschia Desiro, the frosty silvery sea foam green Paradiso and the dusty mauve-y purple Tenderly, these were all must-haves for me.

Chanel Le Vernis Tenderly Spring 2015

How pretty is Chanel Tenderly? It’s in my Currently Loving rotation right now. I can’t stop looking at my hands! It’s pretty on toes, as well. At first glance it seems like it might be dupe-able – for example Essie Merino Cool, but it’s warmer and less grey. It’s also a “crelly” (cream + jelly) which gives it a juicy, squishy rich feeling. Love!

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CHANEL’s Summer of Purple Lashes, Hot Pink Lips & Bright Tips

CHANEL’s Summer of Purple Lashes, Hot Pink Lips & Bright Tips

Chanel’s Summer 2014 makeup collection, Reflets d’Ete, is chock full of gorgeous brights. Bright and vivid, and almost reminiscent of the eighties.

CHANEL summer 2014 makeup Reflets d'Ete

Especially the purple mascara, Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Violet Touch. There was an orange mascara as well, which I passed on. Hard to imagine orange mascara being flattering on anyone other than a Chanel model. I loved the violet nail polish from the collection, but it was so close to YSL Rose Scabiosa and Butter London Molly Coddle that I just couldn’t justify it. Actually, I was ready to buy it and my daughter said “Mum are you crazy you basically have two polishes that colour already”…so….ahem #busted.

memories of blue mascara....

memories of blue mascara….

Chanel Le Vernis Tutti Frutti, Glossimer Scintillants in Sexy and the Violet Touch Mascara have been summer staples for me. I love them, and will surely be using them through the fall. There is something so eye brightening about the violet mascara. It is subtle, and only really shows up in bright light, yet brightens the eyes, making the colour pop (especially hazels & greens) and the whites look whiter. The hot fuchsia lip gloss is sheer, yet brightening. The nail polish is a happy, flattering shade that gives me perfect coverage in one coat. Hello.

chanel waterproof inimitable mascara violet touch

chanel waterproof inimitable mascara violet touch

CHANEL scintillantes glossimer sexy 185

 

CHANEL Le Vernis Tutti Fruitt

 

As with all Chanel collections, their Summer 2014 offering did not disappoint. I loveth it all.

 

No socks? Open toes? Time For Pretty Feet

No socks? Open toes? Time For Pretty Feet

I have a foot thing. I want them to be pretty and/or groomed. That’s all. It’s not hard to do, and the rest of the world will thank you. There is no need to be uber high maintenace – trust me, for a beauty obsessive, I am probably the laziest around. It’s not about the amount of work one puts into their beauty regime, it’s about quality grooming, and this applies to our feet as well.

Clockwise from top right: Diamoncel Foot File, Karin Herzog Oxygen Foot Cream, Lac Hydrin & Body Shop Foot File

Clockwise from top right: Diamoncel Foot File, Karin Herzog Oxygen Foot Cream, Lac Hydrin & Body Shop Foot File

Soft feet:

Easy to do – really. Get a foot sander and use it. You can get one for under $10 at The Body Shop, or for around $50 from Sephora. Just get one. They are best used after the bath or a shower, when the skin on the feet is softened. Put a towel under your foot and go to town! You can do this monthly, or bi-weekly if you have a lot of dead skin. Just file away until the crusty dead skin is gone. Another necessity for soft feet is an exfoliating lotion, usually with AHAs or acids of some kind. The best one I have found is at the drugstore and Walmart – Lac Hydrin. It has 12% lactic acid, which removes dead dry skin, and is also perfect for weekly or bi-weekly use. Nightly, and before I wear sandals or shoes that put my feet on display, I use Karin Herzog’s Foot Cream – it has a cooling, moisturizing and slightly antiseptic effect, and will keep your feet at their prettiest!

Pretty feet:

Of course, this is where I tell you that you need a pedicure. Because you do. Even if you don’t go full glam with shiny glossy red toenails, you must do something. I am a DIYer when it comes to my mani -pedis because I am a control freak and no one can do them as well I think I can. Also, it’s easy. Before you take a shower, apply your Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover – everyone should have this in their nail care arsenal. In the shower, use a nail brush and scrub those toes until they shine! Then, when you’ve sanded/exfoliated/moisturized, you can push back the cuticles on your toes for a pretty, groomed look.

Then, carefully shape your toenails. I prefer to file them, but if you have been bad and let them grow too long – if so, tsk tsk, no one wants to see that – then you may have to clip them. Be careful not to go too short, as that can cause ingrown toenails. After you have your desired shape, buff your toenails lightly. For those of you that eschew nail polish, you can stop here, or even apply a coat of clear polish for shine. Your feet will look clean and neat, and that is a good thing.

Clockwise from top right: Guerlain Stardust, OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Chanel Frisson, Lippmann Whatever Lola Wants

Clockwise from top right: Guerlain Stardust, OPI Moon Over Mumbai, Chanel Frisson, Lippmann Whatever Lola Wants

At this point, we choose our colour. I love drop dead reds and brights on my toes as much as anyone, but know this – if you apply a bright/deep/opaque shade to your toes, you have an obligation to maintain! The richer shades will show wear before a pale or soft shade. Chipped and rough looking pedicures are awful – I’d prefer bare toenails to an awful pedicure. Due to my laziness and desire to only see pretty things, I prefer soft shades on my toes. My personal preference is for shimmery and pearly shades. They are easy to apply, last for ages, don’t show wear and compliment almost every skin tone.

And, last but not least, you must take the Open Toe Shoe Pledge. Say it with me:

The Open Toe Shoe Pledge

The Open Toe Shoe Pledge

 

Bare feet gold sandals pedicure

Fancy gold sandals, & my little Aries ram tattoo!

 

 

 

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

 

Goodness knows, my skincare routine changes from time to time. I am a shameless product junkie, and I am always looking for the latest greatest skincare item. Right now, however, this is the facial skincare routine I am loving right now.

Face toner
fresh.com

My favourite toner right now. I like the light plastic bottle (no breakage) and the spritz option. I spray it all over my face

Lip treatment
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The Benefiance WrinkleResist Intensive Eye Contour Cream (replaced the original Benefiance, I see little or no difference in formula) is simply the best eye cream for dry skin.

My newest eye serum fave – it’s light and absorbs instantly, and I notice a lovely smoothness to the eye area.

Chanel makeup primer
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If you don’t have this, what are you waiting for? Expensive, yes, but you use drops of this. It will last ages. And it makes you gorgeous.

Peter thomas roth face wash
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Still my favourite glycolic cleanser. My skin feels clean and clear, yet never dry. LOVE.

Well. Everyone needs Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. Delivers much-needed moisture to the skin.

A luxurious smoothing  moisturizer that acts as a primer. It has all these melt-y ingredients that seem to magically bond with your skin ( #protip I also put it on my cuticles)

This Kosmea serum is fantastic, and the tone beautifying rosehip oil in this line is what makes it so fantastic. I use this on my neck and décolletage to combat time and sun…

I alternate this with my Skinceuticals B5 Gel. It’s rich and a rejuvenating treat for your skin. Instantly adds radiance, and has long term benefits.
All products are subject to change, of course. The links are below! Do you use any of these products? What is part of your routine?
Get Glowing! Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder And Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel

Get Glowing! Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder And Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel

Holy moly. I have found my radiance holy grails, and it’s no surprise they are from Chanel *clouds part* and Bobbi Brown *cue angels chorus*.

CHANEL Le Blanc de Chanel

Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel is an “illuminating base”, designed primarily as a primer, with the added benefit of adding a glow. It is silicone free, but does have some silica powder to blur and soften. I am very choosy and have yet to meet a primer I like. I LOVE Le Blanc de Chanel. I was watching the divine Lisa Eldridge in a video on Chanel’s site. She used Le Blanc in key areas – around the eyes, tops of cheekbones, the nose and around the mouth, and then applied her foundation. I don’t use foundation, but I do use a powder. The effect is nothing short of perfection – and yet it looks like Elmer’s Glue when I swatch it on my arm. Sorry, beauties, but I can’t explain how this witchcraft works.  At around $45 it is not cheap, but it’s Chanel. I use the tiniest amount and the 1oz bottle will last for ages.

A blob of Le Blanc with it blended above

A blob of Le Blanc with it blended above

From Chanel’s website:

Ingenious multi-tasking oil- free fluid ‘primes’ skin perfectly for makeup, while adding subtle contours and radiance to the face. A unique blend of powders reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for smooth, even, flawless finish.

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I top off my makeup with my latest radiant obsession, Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Nude. Wow wow wow. I cannot believe what this does for my skin. I apply it, see a difference I can’t put my finger on, lean in closer to the mirror and say “WOW”. It’s a hint of glowy blush/bronzer that, while shimmery in the pan, is not on the face. I tried swatching it heavily on my arm for this photo, and it looks like a bruise. Like Blanc de Chanel, this magic is unexplainable. It’s around $60, so not inexpensive, but if you use the CPU scale – Cost Per Use – you will see a little goes a long way.

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Brightening powder swatched heavily on lower part of arm – lightly above. Looks like a bruise, which I swear it does not on my face.

From Bobbi Brown’s site:

A brightening pick-me-up for skin – this all-over powder instantly illuminates and gives skin a healthy-looking glow. Comes in a super-reflective silver compact with an interior mirror (so on-the-go touch-ups feel extra sophisticated). It’s infused with a skin-brightening blend of mulberry, grape and scutellaria extracts, as well as sodium hyaluronate to help keep skin fresh and smooth looking.

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If you add the magic of Soleil Tan de Chanel (post to come), we have the Bermuda Triangle of Radiance, people. What are your radiance secrets? Share!

Daly Beauty Heroes

Daly Beauty Heroes

These are my bathroom shelf heroes right now.
Weak nails? You need to try the Trind Keratin Nail Treatment. Read more about my thoughts here. You need this.
I finally “get” the excitement around Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate. It’s silky and rich, and moisturizes without adding grease. Used as a makeup base or as a boost to whatever moistuzier I am using, it is perfect. I also love putting in on my hands, nails and cuticles at bedtime. No wonder this cult item is a favourite of make up artists for using as a base to add radiance. Love!
Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Illuminating Base. Wow! I read about this recently on The Beauty Look Book. As often happens, what Sabrina loves, I love too. This is no exception. It is a gorgeous brightening primer, without silicones, and miraculously without shimmer or sparkle. When I use it, I don’t need as much powder, concealer etc, and what I do use, stays put. With a glow. LOVE. To be fair, Sabrina reviewed Chanel Base Lumiere, and I’m not sure if they are the same product. Anyone?
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee is all that and a bag of chips. For dry or oily skin, this might be the perfect cheek stain/cream blush hybrid. It has a bouncy jelly texture, and feels like cool water going on the skin. It stays put, and it buildable, that even the uber bright neon Poppy Paradise shows as a lovely pink on the skin. LOVE.
Vasanti Monoi Magic! It is magic! I am not a fan of the scent of coconut, ever since I went through this coconut oil consuming thing last year. Now it makes me queasy, but not this beauty of a product. It has a soft sandalwood scent that tempers the sweetness of coconut. And it literally melts into the skin. I adore it and am putting it everywhere! In cooler weather, coconut oil is solid, but when you squirt in onto the skin, you can watch it melt before your eyes. For knees, elbows, any dry spots and hair, you cannot do better than this.
Marvis Jasmine Mint toothpaste is like brushing your teeth with minty jasmine petals. None of the nuclear minty mouth numbing power that one gets in traditional drugstore toothpastes. Just clean and pretty. A favourite. Often sold at chi-chi boutiques, but a friend gets hers at a traditional old school Italian barbershop in town. So there you go!
St Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer is officially my favourite new lotion. It smells sweet and soft, and leaves your skin silky smooth. It doesn’t have any self-tanning properties, just basic moisturizing. A friend uses it, and I always wanted to try it, as St Tropez is one of my favourite self tanners. This moisturizer lives up to my expectations! It’s a little pricey at around $18 US for a large tube
Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Nude is quite simply, genius. How does it work? How does it impart a glow so perfect it is part natural blush, part sunkissed tan, and part magical glow? The glow is magical, as it appears to have shimmer in the pan, but not on the fave.  I see *some* shimmer when I use my ten times magnifying mirror, but other than that it just adds magic. I am already planning to buy a back-up of this gorgeous product in case Bobbi Brown discontinues it. Yes, expensive at $60 CAN, but Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder is The Best illuminating powder I have ever used. I love the Nude shade (for medium skin tones) but the Porcelain Pearl for fair skin looks equally wonderful.

 

Daly Beauty Heroes

 

Get Roses In Your Cheeks With These Perfect Blushes

Get Roses In Your Cheeks With These Perfect Blushes

I am always in search of the perfect rose blush. I love powder blushes for their sheer beauty, but sometimes a powder alone can look dry. Especially in cold weather, and if you have dry skin. A cream blush is usually perfect for getting that glow on, but I have to be careful – some formulas make me break out *stares at Nars Multiple* or slide off my cheeks after an hour or two.

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It is not this brown.

My current blush nirvana is a perfect combo of powder and cream. Stila Convertible Color in Peony came my way as a Sephora VIB beauty perk, and I’m so glad it did. It looks browner/peachier in the pan than anything I would normally try, so if left to my own devices I never would have found it. Peony actually mimics a lovely summer sunshine-y glow, and because of it’s creamy formula, never leaves you looking dry or crepey. I apply my powder on top to set it.

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Not quite this pink

For a little extra glow, I add some powder blush. The gorgeous Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Initiale had me at first swatch. It balances perfectly between peach and rose, making it easy for most skin tones to pull off. In typical Chanel fashion, this powder blush is so finely milled – at least double, maybe even triple milled. This super fine powder makes blending easy as it is super build-able. Love!

Do you like cream blushes? Or powder? Do you ever wear both?

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Holi-Daly™ Tips For Looking Relaxed & Glowing

Holi-Daly™ Tips For Looking Relaxed & Glowing

Ah, the holidays. Time to sit back and relax with family. Sounds easy enough, right? It even “sounds” like a stress-free time. Wrong! As much as we all are stressed out by love seeing loved ones over the holidays, getting everything ready can be a bit of a stress. Decorating and readying our homes, baking and cooking, shopping and wrapping, and oh my, the parties! All the while looking rested and gorgeous. I know my skin tends to flip out a little (ahem) when I’m stressed out. I eat too much chocolate, don’t drink enough water and definitely don’t sleep as much as I should. All of this adds up to skin stress. Luckily/obviously I have some tips!

Consonant Organic Foaming Facewash

Cleanse Gently: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash is the shizz. It cleanses, calms and tones while it soothes. I make a point of using this, and not experimenting with anything else, when my skin is flipping out.

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Moisturize Deeply: It’s winter, and man oh man is it cold here! The furnace is going strong and the air is so dry you can almost feel the moisture leaving your skin. The Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque has been miraculous! It has a lovely cooling gel texture suitable for all skin types. This concentrated masque infuses dehydrated and stressed skin with optimal amounts of hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to replenish depleted moisture levels. I use it after I wash my face, as a treatment. Heaven!

providence perfume beauty elixir oil

Don’t Let Your Hands Be A Crime: I recently received a sample of Providence Perfume Beauty Elixir Oil. I’d read rave reviews for this liquid gold and was so excited to try it! It is recommended for hair and nails, and so far I have been using it on my hands, nails and cuticles at bedtime and can see a difference after a week. It smells like soft white flowers, but like most botanicals, the scent fades gently and is never cloying. I fell in love with it immediately, and love it even more now that my hands are so soft. From the website:

Providence Perfume Co.’s Beauty Elixir Oil for Hair and Nails is a concentrated blend of nourishing anti-oxidant rich oils that strengthen and moisturize.  100% natural and botanically based, with organic argan, camellia, coconut, avocado and neem oils, Beauty Elixir Oil adds softness and luminosity to dry hair, skin and cuticles.  Scented with uplifting essences of orange blossom, jasmine, apricot and neroli to impart a sense of fragrant well being.  

Stay tuned for the hair review….

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Fake Wide Awake: I love it when I dig deeply into my stash and find untested goodies. I happened to stumble upon an unopened Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener and thought, “hmmm”. It has a soft creamy pink formula with a doe foot sponge applicator and looked impossibly bright. I didn’t have a lot of faith as I applied it, then…WOW! I’m amazed and astounded at how my shadows disappeared instantly and how bright-eyed I appeared!  Seriously, if you suffer from circles and tiredness, you need to try this! I’m so glad I did, and will never be without it.

chanel les beiges compact with half moon brush

Glow A Little, Already: Easier said than done, I know, I know. But science has progressed and given us many options to brighten up dull complexions and add a little oomph. I managed to find the most luxe way to do this, thanks to Chanel. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder is a gorgeous powder designed to make you glow. From Chanel’s website:

With an effortless touch, this innovative, versatile powder makeup enhances, brightens or bronzes the complexion for a custom glow. On its own, it heightens skin’s natural beauty; over foundation, provides a sheer, luminous finish. Advanced technology protects against skin-dulling environmental stressors, while White Rose and Cotton Flower offer absolute comfort for even the most sensitive complexions. In seven no-fail shades; each, with its own sculpted half-moonbrush.

People. It does what it says. I use #20, which is pretty much my skin tone. I want #30, which is more tan than I am. It is super sheer, fine-milled and buildable, so you can safely play with a shade that makes you glow a little. I love everything about Chanel Les Beiges, including the Chanel Retractable Kabuki Brush that feels like unicorn eyelashes giving you butterfly kisses on your cheeks.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Emerveillé

Add Some Extra Glow, Because You Probably Need It: I was watching an amazing Lisa Eldridge make up video where she gave an amazing radiance tip. Using her fingers, she smudged a little Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Emerveillé on her cheekbones for a super subtle and elegant glow. I add a little smudge to the inside of my eyes and the cupid’s bow on my lips – the soft rose tone works beautifully with most skin tones.

And finally,

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Don’t Wig Out: Dry, flyaway, frizzy hair that won’t hold it’s style is not welcome during party season. All you need is Liquid Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner.  Read why here. Bonus – the LK Leave-In Treatment is also amazing. Review to come.

How are you glowing right now? Share your secrets!